Wilkes University

Academic Services

Academic Advisors

 Contact: Tom Thomas, Dean of University College
All first year students at the University are assigned to faculty advisors from their chosen academic department. Undeclared students are assigned advisors from University College. Prior to each registration period, and at any other time during the year when there is some concern regarding course progression or departmental procedure, a conference with your advisor should be arranged. Students bear the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that they meet the requirements for the degree.

Before registering for their last semester, seniors should obtain their Diploma Order, Senior Clearance Papers, and an unofficial copy of their transcript to review the graduation requirements with their academic advisor. All three forms must be returned to the Registrar's Office according to the deadlines for each commencement.

Academic advising is the principal means for Wilkes to help students develop a coherent, comprehensive understanding of their educational experiences. Beyond fulfilling requirements and accumulating credits, students should have a grasp of what their Wilkes education means — from its core in the arts and sciences to the essential characteristics of the major.

Academic advisors are crucial to helping students develop a holistic comprehension of what their baccalaureate degrees will symbolize. 

Cooperative Education and Internship Program

Contact: Sharon Castano, Director

For more information, visit the Center for Career Development and Internships

Washington Semester Program

Contact: Phil Ruthkosky, Ph.D., Associate Dean 

As part of an Inter-institutional Agreement with American University, Wilkes students can spend a semester in Washington, D.C. in a full credit program consisting of supervised seminars, a highly competitive internship and a final research project or elective. Upon successful completion of the Washington Semester Program, students earn 12-16 American University credits (depending on program choice) that can be transferred to Wilkes. Students can choose among 13 distinct semester programs including American Politics, Economic Policy, Foreign Policy, Int'l Business and Trade, Int'l Environment and Development, Journalism, Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Public Law and Transforming Communities. Students participating in the program will be billed at the Wilkes tuition rate and may be eligible for a scholarship from American University. Wilkes institutional aid will not apply. 


  • Must be second semester sophomore - senior
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Approval from academic advisor 

For more information please contact 408-4018 or visit  https://www.american.edu/spexs/washingtonsemester/

Study Abroad

Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Stratford, Coordinator of Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an experience that will change your world view, enhance your professional profile, and will be lots of fun. Wilkes University has several exchange programs that allow students to study abroad at the same cost as attending Wilkes University.  There are also short-term summer and January-term study abroad opportunities, as well as many Wilkes faculty-led experiences abroad. See programs listed at: http://www.wilkes.edu/academics/study-abroad/

Steps to prepare to study abroad:

  • Make an appointment with the Study Abroad Director, Dr. Jeff Stratford, to explore options
  • Discuss your study abroad course options with your academic advisor 
  • Contact the Director of Financial Aid to find out how to apply financial aid to study abroad costs
  • Apply for external and internal awards for study abroad
  • Revisit the Study Abroad Director with final choices and get appropriate forms
  • Allow yourself 6 to 9 months for the application process

Library Services

Contact: John Stachacz, Dean of the Library and Information Technology

Telephone:  (570) 408-4250 

Eugene S. Farley Library 

The Eugene S. Farley Library, named in honor of the first president of Wilkes University, is located on the corner of South Franklin and West South Streets. It is one of the largest resource libraries in the region, with more than 200,000 volumes of books and bound journals, 11,000 electronic books, over 60 journals and newspaper subscriptions, 60,000 full text online journals, microforms, instructional audio-video materials, and a growing collection of classic films on DVD. The library has fine collections in English and American literature, history, the sciences, and mathematics, and sizable collections in other academic disciplines reflected in the University curriculum. 

Also housed in the library are the University Archives, four special collections, rooms, and a SMART classroom. Students have access to 68 desktop computers, fourteen wireless laptops and forty iPads that can be used anywhere within the libraries wireless environment. Farley Library is home to the Alden Learning Commons, a technology rich learning environment that has four enclosed group study rooms, twenty open group study areas that can accommodate groups of one to six students, the University Writing Center, and the Information Technology Computer Clinic and Help Desk. 

Library hours during the academic year are from 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturday, and 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight on Sunday. The Alden Learning Commons is opened on a 24/7 basis and is accessible to faculty and students via an University ID swipe card system. Patrons can get research help via SMS text message from any mobile phone via the library's Text A Librarian reference service. Summer sessions and holiday hours, as well as any changes to the regular library schedule, are posted at the library entrance and on the library Web site. Library services are available online 24/7 at www.wilkes.edu/library.

Farley Library Regulations:

  1. Use your valid Wilkes University I.D. card to obtain library privileges.
  2. You are responsible for all materials charged out on your identification card. A valid Wilkes I.D. enables Wilkes University students to borrow books year- round at Misericordia University, Keystone College, King's College, Luzerne County Community College, Marywood University, and the University of Scranton.
  3. Books circulate for one month. Renewals may be made in person, by telephone, or online from the patron access area of the Farley Library catalog – Sierra. A book may be renewed once. DVDs circulate for three days (no renewal). Charges are levied for all overdue and damaged materials. Failure to pay fines or to return borrowed materials will result in denial of transcripts until fines are paid and materials returned.
  4. Periodicals, journals, reference materials, and microform materials do not circulate. Reference materials, periodicals, and journal articles in print and microfilm format may be photocopied in accordance with the provisions of the U.S. copyright law.
  5. To provide an optimum environment for study, all cellular phones and pagers must be kept on silent alert (vibration or visible flash) while in the library.
  6. The University reserves the right to refer for disciplinary action patrons who have violated Library policy. 

Farley Library Services:

  • Reference Assistance: Professional staff is available for assisting students in their research endeavors.
  • Library Orientation: Group library orientation can be arranged for students upon request.
  • Bibliographic Instruction: Specific instruction in the use of library collections and reference tools is available for students upon request of the instructor.
  • Interlibrary Loan: This service is provided for students, faculty, and staff to supplement research needs. Inquire at the Reference Department for details.
  • Media Services: Media staff will have audiovisual equipment needed for classroom usage delivered to sites on campus. At least a 24-hour notice is required. Videos and DVDs may be reserved one week in advance of the expected need. The Library Media Room (Room 002) is also available, on a first- come, first-served basis, for classes or events.
  • Reserve Materials: Collateral course reading materials placed on reserve by faculty are maintained at the Circulation Desk.
  • Photocopying facilities for printed materials and micro materials are available in the library. A color copier is located on the first floor. Users are reminded to observe the restrictions placed on photocopying by the U.S. copyright law. The law and interpretive documents are available at the Circulation Desk.
  • Online searching of auxiliary databases is available by appointment through the Reference Department to support faculty research. 

Music Collection 

Darte Hall, on the corner of South River and West South Streets, houses a separate collection of music scores and recordings. For information about accessing materials housed in the music collection, call (570) 408-4420. 

Pharmacy Information Center (Pharmacy Library)

Telephone:  (570) 408-4286 

The Pharmacy Information Center (PIC) provides resources and services for the students and faculty of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. It houses a collection of drug information materials in both print and electronic formats.  The PIC provides a means for pharmacy students to become more proficient in the selection, evaluation, and use of drug information. The collection in the PIC is non-circulating; however, many additional books that support the pharmacy curriculum are housed in the Farley Library and non-reference titles may be borrowed from there. All School of Pharmacy journals are housed in the PIC. In addition to these print sources, students have access to a number of electronic resources, both on and off campus. 

The PIC librarian also serves as a liaison to the School of Nursing and is available to provide reference services to nursing students as well as faculty. 

The PIC is generally open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.  The PIC follows the University holiday schedule. The librarian is only available until 4:00 pm. 

PIC Regulations 

Books, periodicals, and reserve materials may not be taken from the center.Smoking, food and beverages (other than water) are prohibited in the PIC.Students will respect others' need for quiet and refrain from behavior that can be regarded as disruptive or a detriment to a positive learning environment.Cell phones must be turned off or set to vibrate while in the PIC. Calls must be answered outside. 

PIC Services 

Reference Assistance:  The librarian is available to assist students in locating materials and using library resources.Bibliographic Instruction:  The librarian provides instruction in the use of specific research tools upon request.Interlibrary Loan:  Needed books or journal articles that are not owned by Wilkes University may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan at no charge. Most article requests are filled within a few days. Photocopying:  A photocopier is available in the PIC, as well as a flatbed scanner. 

Computer Facilities 

Wilkes University has numerous microcomputer and internet access facilities available for student use. Students also have the option of accessing the Internet via the campus-wide data network from network jacks in many campus residence hall rooms and a number of wireless areas throughout campus. (Students must provide their own microcomputer and software for this type of access). 

Music Practice Rooms 

Contact: Maryellen Sloat, Division of Performing Arts Office Assistant

A limited number of music practice rooms are available in Darte Hall. These rooms are generally reserved for those students participating in ensembles or taking private music instruction from University or conservatory faculty. Because of the heavy enrollment in these courses the University is unable to make these rooms available to students who are not enrolled in these curricular offerings.

Students eligible to use these rooms are assigned a key for the practice room through the Division of Performing Arts. Since more than one student is assigned to a practice room it is expected that students will cooperate and work out compatible practice times. Failure to return the key to the practice room at the conclusion of the semester will result in the assessment of a fine and an account hold being placed that precludes the release of the official transcript of the work done at the University. 

Pre-Law Advising

Contact: Kyle Kreider, Ph.D., Professor

There is no pre-law major at Wilkes because law schools do not require (or even recommend) any particular major. What law schools do recommend is a strong liberal arts curriculum including courses that require writing and analytical skills. Many of the types of courses that law schools look for are already required as part of the general education curriculum at Wilkes, courses such as English composition, philosophy, political science, and other social sciences. 

In order to be well prepared for law school, we recommend that you go beyond the requirements of the general education curriculum and take additional courses that will help you develop writing and analytical skills. In addition, we recommend that you take at least one course in logic and/or rhetoric by the end of your junior year. Your academic advisor, in conjunction with your pre-law advisor, will be able to help you select an appropriate curriculum. 

You should make an appointment to see a University pre-law advisor at Wilkes some time during your freshman year and stay in touch with the him/her periodically throughout your years at Wilkes. The pre-law advisor is a good source of information and advice about law school. Staying in touch with your pre-law advisor and joining the pre-law club will help you stay informed about pre-law events at Wilkes, including visits by law school Admissions Officers, visits to law schools and other law-related activities. Dr. Kyle L. Kreider is the University's Coordinating Pre-Law Advisor and can be reached at 408-4473 and kyle.kreider@wilkes.edu

Classroom Utilization After Hours

Students requiring access to an academic space—classroom, lab, art studio, etc—must secure permission from a supervising faculty member to have access after hours. Faculty can share those names with Public Safety at the beginning of the semester. Access will then be granted to students via their University ID card.

Learning Center

Contact: Katy Betnar, Director of the Learning Center

The University College Learning Center provides free tutorial services to all students at Wilkes University. Services include tutoring in a wide range of subjects, group study, and review sessions for selected courses. These services are provided by professional and peer tutors. 

Assistance is available to students with a variety of needs. Individual study skills, task management assistance, and group workshops are available for test-taking and note-taking skills. 

The Center is open throughout the year with limited services available during summer sessions. 

Intensive English Program

Contact: Dr. Kimberly Niezgoda, Director of IEP Services

The mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Wilkes University is to provide quality academic instruction in English as a second language (ESL) to both international and other English-language learning students planning to pursue university studies in the United States. To this end, the IEP includes curriculum, certified faculty, classroom materials, and teaching methods that are well grounded in both theory and practice and based on the latest research findings in the field of second language learning and teaching. This fully accredited program aims:

  • Provide high quality English language instruction;
  • Prepare students for further academic study in the U.S. through a well- articulated curricula;
  • Provide English language instruction for personal growth;
  • Provide students with the guidance they need to successfully reach their academic or professional goals;
  • Provide highly qualified faculty who encourage academic success and provide leadership in the areas of intercultural understanding and cooperation;
  • Provide learner-centered instruction to meet student academic needs;
  • Provide services relating to admission, counseling, academic life, and the general success of international students attending Wilkes University
  • All policies and governances found within this handbook apply to all students participating in the IEP at Wilkes University.


Writing Center 

Contact: Chad Stanley, PhD., Assistant Professor 

The Writing Center, located in the Farley Library's Alden Learning Commons, is a resource for all members of the Wilkes community. Students, faculty, and staff may use the Writing Center free of charge on a drop-in, referral, or appointment basis. The Center's staff is composed of experienced undergraduate writers, majoring in various disciplines, who assist writers working on projects from content areas across the curriculum. Our consultants do not accept papers dropped off for copy editing but instead engage in one-to-one dialog with clients about their writing. They can offer strategies for generating ideas, establishing a focus, finding an authorial voice, revising, and final editing for mechanics and grammar. Clients may also take advantage of handouts from the Writer's Wall and the Writing Center's library of print resources, including a variety of readers, reference materials, handbooks, and style sheets. Much of this material, as well as links to recommended internet sites, can be found on the Center's web page.

The Writing Center is open weekdays during the hours posted on the web site. Appointments may be made by calling extension x2753 or by dropping by the Center. In addition, writers who cannot physically come to the Center may submit texts online here.

Clients can expect a response within forty-eight hours of the time of submission. For additional information, please contact the Director of the Writing Center at x4514.